Welcome to the English Department!
The Notre Dame English department is one of the most successful in the school. Our English teachers are passionate about the subject and deliver it in an interactive and exciting way.
Key Stage 3
All pupils study a varied curriculum at Key Stage Three. In each year pupils study a minimum of one novel, one play, a selection of poetry, a Shakespeare text, non-fiction and media texts as well as engaging in group and drama focused activities throughout the course. Each unit will build on the foundations of skills needed for key stage 4.
Year 10 and 11: GCSE
We follow the AQA Syllabus, Specification A. The curriculum enables pupils to study texts from the English Literary Heritage as well as modern texts and both twentieth century poetry and pre-nineteenth century poetry. All pupils are entered for GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.
We attach equal importance to developing students' skills in reading, writing and speaking and listening. Teachers here seek to establish a dialogue with individual students to help them to assess their own progress, set goals and achieve them. As a department we make the most of our resources and facilities through creative collaboration and consistency of approach and, in doing so, we aim to establish enthusiastic pupils of English and confident and independent readers and writers.
All these courses are complemented by a wide programme of extra-curricular activities. These include theatre trips, visiting speakers and workshops.
Mrs. J. Okosun
Word's for work
Notre Dame English department has welcomed the National Literacy Trust into year 9 lessons for the last five weeks along with lawyers from Cleary Gottlieb. This has been part of a project called Words for Work which aims to develop the literacy skills pupils need to shape and achieve their aspirations. Through a variety of workshops with the volunteers, the pupils have learnt how to adapt their communication style to suit the workplace, ask well-structured questions to build their knowledge, listen effectively and understand how to communicate with clarity in both written and oral communication.